Welcome Back to School

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As teachers reported to Imagine Schools’ campuses in eight states and the District of Columbia, the excitement was palpable. In back-to-school professional learning sessions and celebrations, teachers and principals focused on accelerating achievement for every Imagine student. Enjoy these highlights of the first few weeks of the 2017-18 school year!                

Growth-Proficiency Redux

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The subject of Growth and Proficiency has been coming up in the literature a lot lately.  This may be a good thing for us, as Imagine has been leading the call to focus on student growth rather than proficiency for a long time now. Matt Barnum, in a recent article in the74million.org, took the opportunity to explain why the growth-versus-proficiency …

Celebrating Student Success!

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We are celebrating! There are 37 schools in Broward County, FL with 95+% of students considered “Economically Disadvantaged.” 2017 Florida grades rank Imagine Elementary at North Lauderdale Charter School #1 among these 37 schools with a “B” grade. This ranking makes Imagine North Lauderdale the highest performing elementary school among similarly “Economically Disadvantaged” schools in North Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Margate, Tararac, …

Advanced Students and Off Level Scoring

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Advanced students (PR of 90 or above) can present challenges in regard to assessment and interpretation of the results. In the days before Computer Aided Testing (CAT), there were individual test booklets for each grade that were designed to be able to properly assess approximately 90 – 95% of the student population at that grade level. In order to properly …

Tips for Promoting Curiosity and Creativity through Learning Zones

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How can the wonder of playing with toys translate into the joy of playing with ideas? Curiosity and inquisitiveness form the beginnings of meaningful learning about ourselves and the world.  A study in the journal Neuron discovered that students are more interested in learning about topics if their curiosity has been piqued. Matthias Gruber hypothesized that curiosity “put[s] the brain …

Imagine Schools Salutes our 2017 Teacher of the Year!

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  Imagine Schools values the 3,000 teachers whose craft and passion accelerates the learning of every Imagine student. But each year, we select one teacher who embodies the very best of what it means to educate and inspire students to reach higher, try harder, and become successful scholars and citizens. The process of selecting our Teacher of the Year is rigorous, comprised …

Dinner of Excellence Feeds Body and Soul

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Each month at Imagine Clay Avenue Community School, specially selected Toledo, Ohio elementary students are treated to a gourmet dinner at the campus. Fifth Grade Teacher and Grade Level Leader Ryan Throop-Voors and his wife Jesse, also an Imagine teacher, purchase ingredients and lead chosen students in the process of preparing a “Dinner of Excellence.” Participating students are nominated by their teachers …